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Ms. Barnes

Monday 20th April 2020

Good Morning Year 5

What a beautiful day to start using our new learning platform, ‘Seesaw’.  You had forgotten,  Hadn’t you Year 5?


This morning you will find the register in the ‘Activities’ section on your page but from tomorrow it will be part of the daily announcements.  To see the announcements go to ‘Inbox’

Click the link below and it will transport you to our new learning platform.

Good luck



Friday 17th April 2020

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Good morning Year 5!

It's such a beautiful day. We hope you all had a good night's rest.

Please remember that from Monday (20th) all Home Learning will take place on our new platform, Seesaw


To sign up and have your login details sent to you, your parents must respond to the permission letter that was emailed to them (I've also attached it below if that's easier!). The completed letter must be emailed to Mr Giles -


Please make sure to do this over the next couple of days or you will not be able to access learning on Monday!

Enjoy the sunshine.


Miss Barnes and Miss Taylor


Thursday 16th April 2020

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 Good morning Year 5

  I am looking out at a sun-kissed sky which promises a day filled with hope and expectations to be realised. So Year 5, we know that today have  24 hours, we know you are now reading this message, we know that our adults love and care for us and we also know that one day soon we will be racing to our classroom excitedly and ready to share our experiences, because we can be assured that this too will pass.

The first thing we would like you to do this morning is to walk up to your adult, give a big smile and just say 'Thank you.' and we know that they will smile back at you, and if you look really carefully, you might just see their eyes 'well up', don't worry, that's just their way of saying " You are so sweet and i love you."


                                                  Task for today

Today I would like you to interview one of your adults. Ask them about what it was like when they were growing up, what their school life was  like, hobbies they had, places which they enjoyed visiting and why.  Ask anything which helps you to understand them better because it gives you an 'eye' into their past.

Year 5 you do not need to record this as it is for your information only.

There are  also activities from last week to complete. Have fun.

  And finally Year 5, next week all the teachers will be setting learning tasks on a new site called jigsaw. You will be hearing more about this new site in the coming days.

Wednesday 15th April 2020

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  Good morning Year 5,

What a spectacularly brilliant day! The sun is shining, you've had a restful break and we are back at online school.

We are going to have some light but fun tasks this week, so buckle up and let's get going.

Thank you for all your messages (I will be responding to everyone later)

Those of you who did not get a chance to take part in the music project, the tasks are still there and there is also an art project you can take part in. There are no reading tasks this week.

And guess what Year 5?........

You get a chance to finish 'Hidden Figures' by clicking on the book below you see how the book ends, but of course as you know, the story doesn't end there.......



Please click on image below to read the book Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly below:


                                  Writing task

After reading the book today, I would like you to write a blurb for the back cover.

Please remember to use techniques to engage you reader because you want them to realise how good the book is and read it for themselves.

Remember that blurbs are a brief description and the point of a blurb is to lure ( entice) your reader.  give them just enough to captivate them  to buy the book.

Start with a hook ( Books about black mathematicians are seldom written /Did you know that ...)

Don't summarise the story  (give tit bits of what is in the story/ tease the reader with what you know )

Aim for about 150 words (short and engaging is the motto) 

Write in third person

appeal to your readers' emotions (use emotive language)

use rhetorical questions

  Bonjour la classe!

It's another beautiful spring morning, the sun is streaming in through the window and in the distance I can hear the occasional sounds of traffic going by. It is certainly a day to look up at the sky and not down at our feet. Thank you to those of you who sign the register daily, I so look forward to reading  your messages, they always make me smile.


Year 5, the teachers are going to have a little break after today as it is Easter- a time when Christians remember the death  and resurrection of Jesus and what it means for them. Interestingly, today is the day of Passover, which is the time those of the Jewish Faith, (Judaism) celebrate the time when Moses led their ancestors out of slavery in  Egypt. Another point of interest is that in a few weeks, Muslims will be entering a period of Ramadam, which is for them, a time of fasting and prayer.

For the next few days Year 5 I will not be looking at emails or setting any tasks, but you might want to find out all you can about the three religions I've mentioned above. I will be back online next Wednesday 15th April and look forward to reading you messages in the register and emails again.

Year 5 have a safe Easter break, look after you adults, older and especially younger siblings, and most importantly have fun because this too will pass, and we will all be in school again quite soon. 


  Did anyone spot my use of parenthesis in my welcome note? I've also got a long sentence which would benefit from the use of a comma just before one of the fanboys. Can you find it? Go on have a look! you can see it now can't you? Well spotted, smiley


Today's Task

I hope you enjoyed being composers yesterday and that your compositions were not too noisy. Today will be a much quieter task I promise. 

1. Listen to Rhapsody in Blue again. Close your eyes and make a list of words and phrases that come into your head as you listen. 

2. When you have completed your list think about how you can use them to create a poem.

Some of the words/phrases I recorded (birds flying high, city sights, convoy of cars, chattering children, crescendo, melody of life, intoxicating, sing, dance, homeless beggar, street vendors, dance of life)

3. Create your poem.  Please don't worry about the need to rhyme, as I've often said some of the most powerful poems do not rhyme.

This is the  first verse  and first two lines of second verse of my poem


The Dance of Life

I'm a bird flying high above the city.

The sights below are intoxicating,

A convoy of cars,

Crowds of chattering children

All part of the melody of life.


A homeless man sits begging,

From people rushing by. 



  Keep your diaries going if you can Year 5 and remember to stay active each day.

Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue / BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard

Thomas Dausgaard conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with soloist Marc-André Hamelin. Recorded from Glasgow City Hall...


Could you be the next Pablo Piscasso or Vincent Van Gogh? Click on the Art page below to take part in               The Crampton Virtual Masterpiece Challenge started by The Getty Museum in Los Angeles. 

Wednesday 8th April 2020

Please click on the register icon to sign in and leave a holiday message to let Ms Barnes what you're up to.

  Good morning it is a bright bright sunshine day and yet there is a stillness in the air.  Listen can you hear it? Funny isn't it?  We can actually hear the stillness. Thank you for your comments in the register and thank you for your absolutely fantastic pieces of art work inspired by the music of Gershwin. Did you spot the noun phrase Year 5? Sasha, Aden and Vinnie you are stars!  Your artwork was amazing!  Did you spot the metaphor Year 5?

O.K lets get down to business today year 5.

Today you are going to be composers, musicians and some of you may even be conductors!

        Today's Tasks

1. I would like you to collect a range of objects to be your instruments. Please make sure that these objects can  produce high and low sounds.(Objects could include sauce pans ,spoons, wood, plastic, literally anything you have permission to use) 

2. Decide which objects will start your composition. Gershwin used a clarinet and piano to start his piece of music.

3. Remember that the same object can produce sounds of different pitch.

4. Allocate different instruments to the adults and children in your family. As there are only two of us in my family we have to double up so I played 3 objects!

4. Decide on a tune and how fast /slow you want to play it.  (this is called the tempo)

5. You are now the leader of your orchestra so have a practise and when you are ready.......

6. Go for it!

7. If possible record your composition so that you can play it another time. Remember, if your instrument has a high pitch draw it high up on the page, low pitch lower down, if it's loud draw it large and if its quiet draw it small.​​​​​​​

If you haven't started your diaries as yet don't worry, you can start today. You do not need to make an entry every day but please remember to date your entries and to write in the past tense. Remember this is a record of your time,   and it is something for you to look back on in the years to come.

Happy journallingsmiley​​​​​​​


Tuesday 7th April 2020

  Please click on the icon to sign the register below

Hello Year 5, please click on the maths page below in order to see this week's homework tasks, as well as the answers to last week's arithmetic test and brainteaser - Dan the Detective. Did anyone solution Dan's brainteaser?


  •  Good morning Year 5 on the beautiful Spring day.


Thank you for all the comments from those of you who signed in yesterday. Sasha your piece of art which was inspired by Gershwin's music was excellent. I'd love to see the other pieces of art work so please keep them coming in. 

  Today's Task:

I would like you to listen to the music again before you start this task.

Walk around your house and listen to the sounds inside. If you have a garden listen to the sounds outside or through an open window.  Listen to the pitch of the sounds. some will be high some will be low, listen to the volume, some will be loud some quiet.  Some of the sounds will be soft and almost fluffy while others will be 'scratchy' (hope you understand what I mean Year 5)

Listen to the rhythm of the sounds e.g.a clock ticking with its regular rhythmic pattern, a toilet flushing, your refrigerator humming. really listen Year 5. We don't often get a chance to listen carefully as there is so much going on.

As you listen make a table of the sounds and where you heard them. 

Now year 5 this is where I want you to be really creative and try to represent your sounds as a piece of music.

For example, you might draw the object producing the sound at the top of the page if it were an ambulance siren, because the pitch was very high, you might draw that ambulance quite large because the sound was very loud. you might draw the sound for the humming small to show its quiet and low on the page to show the low pitch.

Year 5, we have another task that the teachers feel would be something that you might like to do. 

We are all living in a time when history is being made and shaped right before our very eyes. The last time schools were closed for such a long time was during World War Two, when children were sent to the countryside for their safety. Some of these children kept diaries which today helps us to understand what it was like to live during that time.

We would like you to keep a diary -a record of your experiences, thoughts, ambitions etc.  This will be personal to you, we do not need to see it. This is something that you could look back on in years to come to remind you of this time. 

Monday's Task


Listen to the piece of music with yours eyes closed and let the music transport you to New York in the 1920's. 

Its a bustling city so lots of noises (people and traffic) Be careful, its easy to get lost in such a place! 

As you listen a second time, make notes of what you can see, smell, taste, touch and hear. At the end of the music can you make a  quick sketch of what you saw in your mind's eye. 


Main Task


Use your sketch to create a collage/ painting/a detailed picture of your  original sketch

Please don't rush it and keep listening as you work. Let the music become a part of you as you work. Are there any natural objects that you could use as part of the image you are creating?

Good morning Year 5 

I hope that you've all had a super weekend. It was lovely to see the fantastic bonnets ( Hannah I'm so sorry that yours couldn't be uploaded) that were made.

This week we are going to embark on a musical journey. We will be looking at a piece of music called 'Rhapsody in Blue' composed by George Gershwin who was born in 1898.

Gershwin's music is characterised by energy and playfulness ( much like you Year 5!) and this piece has become one of the most famous orchestral pieces. Gershwin listened to other types of musicians visited places other composers would not go to. He listened to other types of music and developed a love for Jazz and Blues which was the music of the African Americans at the time.

By the way Year 5, a rhapsody is a piece of music with contrasting moods, pitch, intensity which can be vey spontaneous and free.

As we go through the week, there will be different activities for you to do around this piece of music. Be as creative as you can with each task, ask your adults to join you as we explore this piece of music together.


   This is just a reminder Year 5 as it's technically the Easter holidays. We have reduced the number of tasks we are setting. This week there are no set reading tasks but please keep reading independently. Week two of the maths activity is still up and of course you should look at the lesson and try some of the tasks. Some of you might want to continue your biography of a characters from Hidden Figures. Please upload those booklets as soon as you have finished.

  Remember work, rest, play.

And finally.......

    On the Nong, Ning, Nang

    All the mice go Clang!

    And you just can't catch 'em when they do!

    So it's Ning, Nang, Nong!

    Cows go Bong!

    Nong, Nang, Ning!

   Trees go Ping!

   Nong, Ning, Nang!

  The Mice go Clang!

   What a noisy place to belong,

  Is the Ning Nang

   Ning, Nang, Nong!


Spike Milligan




Hi Year 5, thank you to all of you who sent in photos of your Easter bonnets and designs. I was absolutely amazed by your creativity and designs, especially due to the fact you must of had limited resources this year! Congratulations to all of you who took part - You are all winners!



             Aden                                  Vinnie                           Jailen                             Amelie




  Good morning Year 5

The skies are a little grey this morning, but I feel it is going to be a good day.  Well done to those of you who signed in this week  and a special well done to the following children who completed their on line maths work.


 Friday's stars 

Vinnie, Gabriel, Ralph, Safi, Joe, Racheal,  Vasilisa, Aden, Jasmine, Jordan, Valentin and Hannah


You know your scores and you should all be very proud of yourselves.yes


The thought for today is:

Do all the good you can 

In all the ways you can

To all the people you can 

For as long as you can


Please take that thought into your day 

​​​​​​​Don't forget to award a certificate to that special person

Have a safe weekend Year 5 

Well done to Amelie for her brilliant animation!

I was thinking Year 5 that we could have a little verse or quote to learn each week. Today's verse is from a Spike Milligan poem called On the Ning Nang Nong.

On the Ning Nang Nong

Where the Cows go Bong!

And the Monkeys all say Boo!

There'a a Nong Nang Ning

Where the Tree go Ping!

And the tea pots Jibber Jabber Joo.



Almost forgot!

Tomorrow is the last day for Easter bonnets and we've only seen two. We are desperate to see more so come on Year 5 Get your creative juices flowing.

Wednesday 1st April 2020

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Year 5 Weekly Superstars

A big well done to: Amelie for her brilliant ‘Bad Mood’ poem,

To Aden and Vinnie for working through all the tasks and recording neatly and last but not least to Hannah for completing tasks.


  My Maths Superstars 

Jo, Rubiato, Aden, Ralph, Rachel, Amelie, Valentin, Jordan, Hannah and Sasha.

All these children scored between 80%and 100%

A huge well done all of you!